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Top 7 literature festivals for young book lovers

Literature festivals are a fantastic way to bring the joys of reading to life. Not only are they a dream come true for bookworms, but they’re also a great opportunity to introduce more reluctant readers to the joys of reading!

Below are some of the most interesting literature festivals, fairs and events taking place throughout the UK across 2019-2020.


Bath Children’s Literature Festival (27th September – 6th October)

Speakers include Cressida Cowell and Michael Rosen, and there are lots of workshops taking place, including the opportunity to create your own Shaun the Sheep model.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival (4th – 13th October)

Malorie Blackman, Chris Riddell and Robin Stevens are among the famous authors speaking at the event.

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Imagine Children’s Festival (February 2020, dates TBC)

Lots of workshops will be taking place, including how to write your very own stories, and children’s authors will be discussing their new books.

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Oxford Literary Festival (30th March – 7th April)

Highlights include a talk celebrating the Harry Potter books and a look into what makes a great children’s book.

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Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival (April 2020, dates TBC)

Last year’s highlights included talks by Gavin Puckett and Catherine Wilkins.

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Hay Festival (21st – 31st May 2020)

The famous festival has an entire programme dedicated to children’s books, including storytelling and illustration workshops.

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Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 2020, dates TBC)

From authors to illustrators, there are plenty of talks taking place, as well as food tents and play areas for younger children to enjoy.

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For even more ways to bring your child’s reading to life, download the DoodleEnglish app! It’s filled with interactive exercises and games exploring reading and writing, making it the perfect way to bring their learning to life and spark their creativity.

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